Up to date information regarding the restoration of steam locomotive 6029 in Canberra, ACT Australia. Beyer Garratt 6029 is an EX NSWGR locomotive and was a member of the largest, and most powerful class in Australia. The restoration to full working order is being undertaken by volunteers in Canberra.
6029 is owned by the Australian Railway Historical Society, ACT Division and the restoration is proudly supported by their tourist operations and by the generous donations of members and public supporters.
The society operates rail tours out of Canberra with our heritage fleet of steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock every few weeks.
To travel in style on any of our tours, or to learn more about our collection and operations, go to Canberrarailwaymuseum.org
Jan 3, 2010
Saturday, 2nd of January 2010
•Bogie number one was moved in preparation of its lift back onto its wheels. The wheels are now in place on the track adjacent to the bogie frame. The centre pivot casting was fitted onto the bogie frame to facilitate the fitting of the lateral control springs. Once the lateral control springs are fitted the bogie frame will be lifted onto the wheels, equalising beams and main springs.
•Bogie number two was stripped down to almost the last nut and bolt. However one wheel set was seized solid in the horn guides.The use of crow bars and our hydraulic porta-power facilitated its removal. This bogie was situated directly below the cab and a consequence of this every passage and hole was literally filled with coal dust and cylinder oil. The crew anticipates many enjoyable hours removing all the gunk and grime....NOT!
•Bogie number three was rolled out clear of the leading engine unit. As anticipated, it's condition is better than the first two, as it is further away from coal dust, heat and cylinder oil. No work will take place on the bogie until the first two are completed. Its overhaul will be faster as there is no brake gear on the outer bogies.
•Bogie number four, being the last, is still in place at the outer end of the hind unit. The King pin and guard iron’s will have to be removed before it can be rolled clear of the engine units. A line up of all staff will take place at the next work day to determine who is the smallest and skinniest member of our team. This lucky person will have the privilege of removing the last of the four king pins. Did we mention that this is the dirtiest part of the loco!
Thanks to Kyle, Stuart, Barry, Paul, Mike and Peter. These guys, and John (wasn’t in today), are fast becoming 60 class bogie experts.
Back over at the boiler, Ian continues to beaver away with the fire box crinoline support bands. He's also prepping the sheet metal for its final fit once the crinoline bands are completed. Mike has delivered the safety valves x 3. He has also finishing the rework of the front end regulator cams and valves at his Sydney workshop.
The next workday is Sunday the 17th of January, all welcome.